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DEHUM ANIMATION                           57

nected with the natural milieu to which man is
habituated. Physics has revealed sounds that we
cannot hear and colours we cannot see. And
the technical results of modern physics place
man in a new and untried sphere, a non-human-
ized, cosmic milieu. Physics takes pride in its
completely ex-centric attitude toward man. The
breath-taking achievements of modern technics
are connected with the great discoveries of
modern physics. That modern technics are de-
humanizing man and turning him into a mere
technical function is clear to everyone, and, as
I pointed out in my article "Man and the
Machine," this is everywhere recognized.

When we turn to the question of dehumaniza-
tion in philosophic thought/we find a more
complex process. This process has long been
going on in philosophy: it was evident in
empiricism, in idealism, in positivism, in philo-
sophic naturalism and materialism. But at the
same time modern creative philosophy is a
reaction against these processes. Philosophy
has always sought the meaning of things—it
could never be content with meaninglessness.
Hence philosophy now puts the question, more
sharply than ever before, of man and of human
existence. The so-called existential philosophy
is seeking to discover the structure of being in
human existence, but even here the integral image